Inside the Capitol

Jennifer writes:

Last week Mark and I got to go on a Capitol tour with some other Iowans – the tour was given by a lady who works in Senator Grassley’s (spelling correct?) office.  At the end of the tour we were given Senate and House Gallery passes, so we could sit in anytime they are in session and listen.  Of course no photography was allowed, so we could not take any pictures of the lone Senator from Nevada who was making his speech and who was the only senator in the room except people taking notes and recording.  Honestly, I would rather spend my afternoon doing anything else than sitting there listening.  I’m just not very into politics.  After his speech Senator Grassley came in to make his speech.  But by that time we’d had enough of that so we left shortly after.

Here are some pictures from the Capitol.

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Apparently there are underground tunnels connecting all the Senate buildings and the Capitol.  This is the little subway that takes you from one of the Senate buildings to the Capitol.

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The Rotunda.  George Washington is in the painting on the ceiling, surrounded by 14 or so ladies.  I forgot what they represent.  Sorry..I’ll pay more attention next time.

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Mark inside the Rotunda.

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There is an acoustic flaw in this room.  This is where John Adams’ desk used to be.  After he died it was discovered from his journal that he used to eavesdrop on people whispering across the room and pretend he was taking a nap.  We tested it out – our tour guide stood across the big room and whispered to us.  We heard it like it was amplified through a loud speaker!  Very interesting.

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The star on the floor behind Mark is supposedly the center of Washington DC.  DC, as you may know, is divided into four quadrants with the Capitol as the center.  And that star is in the center of the Capitol building.

It seems that there is never a dull week in our life in DC.  Still more to come from our fun-filled week.

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